September 13-15, 2019 | Stanford, California

2019 Fall Conference

LESS TALK | MORE ACTION: Conscious Shifts in Architectural Education


April 10, 2019

 Call to Action Submission Deadline

May 2019

Abstract Notification

September 13-15, 2019


October 16, 2019

Final Full-paper Deadline for Proceedings Publication

Call to Action

Submission Deadline: April 10, 2019

The 2019 ACSA Fall Conference, “Less Talk | More Action,” is predicated on the urgent need and collective responsibility to consciously shift architectural education. Whether the drivers are global demands, human comforts, professional evolutions, student wishes, or simply a better and more humane pedagogy, architecture begins with education and our practices necessitate transformation. We must refocus on why and how we teach…and then take meaningful action.

This year’s call is divided into three sections, each with varying modes of presentation intended to diversify, engage, and expand the conference platform: The Why, The How and The Now. Each section invites papers, discussion sessions and experiential actions that speak to the area of focus.

  • Traditional papers will be blind peer reviewed and presented.
  • Discussion sessions will also be peer reviewed, and may include papers/presentations in which the presenter leads a collective conversation with tangible outcomes intended.
  • Action will be experiential and may occur on or off the conference site. This hopeful invitation reflects a desire to illuminate practices, experiences, service, teachings, learnings, and inquiries along a broad and diverse continuum.
The Why

Submissions are requested under history, pedagogy, student preparation or other topics that engage the need for equality, growth, compassion, creativity, and evolution in architectural education.

The How

Submissions may include historical precedents, studies of change underway, or actions taken in adjacent fields that may be of informative value.

The Now

Submissions are invited that provide tangible opportunities to actively change, Now. These may include model classes, experimental approaches, activism, service learning or other methods to move us forward.

Full Disclosure

This Call to Action represents a need to be more real with our platforms, our students and our selves. We believe skilled transparency leads to more fruitful, meaningful communication and genuine relationships and experiences.

We invite those interested in submitting to this call to risk a more vulnerable, unvarnished perspective. While we respect the precise, the cerebral, and the detail-oriented nature of architecture…we equally celebrate the unfinished, the felt, and the process rich expressions of education and the profession.

To these ends, please experiment, explore and risk with your submissions. Be focused and clear, avoid jargon, and speak to a larger audience. Do not intend to read your paper at the conference: instead prepare talks, discussions and experiences that are as inspiring as they are topical. When submitting, please include a specific statement of how you intend to engage the conference attendees. We truly look forward to an exciting and collaborative experience of co-evolving architectural education.

Submission Requirements

The 2019 ACSA Fall Conference is open for submissions to any professional and faculty worldwide. If you are already an ACSA member, please log into the website and complete your submission. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have ACSA credentials, please send an email to or to request credentials for the 2019 Fall Conference.

Mode of Presentation
  • One paper/project per mode; the same paper/project may not be submitted under multiple modes.
  • Authors may present no more than two papers/projects at this conference.
The Why | The How | The Now

Paper/Project Title

  • 500 words (maximum)
  • include no more than 5 images (maximum)
  • Written in English
  • Prepared for anonymous review (remove author/contributor names and affiliation identification)
Spatial/Environmental Requests

Authors must indicate any environmental needs for presentation or engagement (i.e. “The intended action requires a large, flat outdoor space.”)

Equipment or Material Requests

Authors must indicate any equipment needs for presentation or engagement (i.e. “The experience requires a DJ booth with dimensions and equipment as specified below.”)

Intended Mode of Engagement

Authors must describe intended engagement with the audience (i.e. “The paper topic will be “taught” in the method of the pedagogy being shared.”) No paper, session, or experience should be delivered as the author reading their paper aloud with accompanying slides.


Accepted authors, who chose, will be requested to complete a full-paper, copyright transfer form and agree to present the paper at the Fall Conference before it is published in the Proceedings. It is policy that accepted authors pay full conference registration to present at the conference and be included in the proceedings.

Chairs reserve the right to withhold a paper from the program if the author has refused to comply with the guidelines. Failure to comply with the conference deadlines or request for materials in advance may result in an author being dropped from the program.

Eric W. Ellis
ACSA, Director of Operations and Programs

Allison Smith
ACSA, Programs Manager